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January 23, 2016

I wanted to attempt to finally sit at the keyboard and try to write a proper thank you, as well as a bit of an update. Typing is still pretty difficult at the moment, but the newer splint makes it fractionally easier than before … sorta.

First of all, and most obvious, thank you- all of you. My extended family of friends, you all contribute much to my life, and I can only begin to thank you. I know that one of the best ways I can thank you is to simply keep going forward with my recovery … which I plan to do.

I had my first follow-up visit this past Thursday, and the X-rays were pretty clear; surgery is needed to pin the broken fragment of radius back in place to heal properly. My doctor, in an abundance of caution (and hope), has me getting one last CT scan of the wrist … just in case the fragment is stable enough to bypass surgery. That said, even I can see from the X-ray that it’s not likely. So, likely going to be getting some hardware in the wrist. My plans to attack the age group Hour Record are on hold for a bit.

The pelvic fracture “feels” like it is healing. I’m getting a little better at hobbling around with the walker, and each trip to the bathroom no longer leaves me needing an oxycodone to take the edge off. I consider that progress. Tuesday I will see the pelvic specialist and see how things look in more X-rays (I swear, I must glow in the dark now). Thursday I will meet with the back specialist to see if the non-displaced compression fracture of the T8 vertebra is stable enough to stop wearing the back brace. Needless to say … I’m praying it is! Due to my multiple blood clots in my right leg, from my 2008 crash, docs have me on a course of two shots of Lovenox in my abdomen every day. This is to prevent another stay in the hospital with clots. So, as much as I hate giving myself shots twice a day … it beats the alternative.

The road ahead is unclear, but at the moment there is no reason to believe that I will not make a full recovery in due time. Maybe a lot of time, but I overcame many hurdles after the horrendous 2008 crash, so it’s not exactly an unfamiliar challenge. Everybody’s support and encouragement makes a huge difference in that recovery process, so thank you in advance for your support.

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Speaking of support … I don’t know where to begin with additional thanks. My former employers- and current friends- Steve and Shelly Driscoll set up a Gofundme campaign to help with my expenses and more a few days after I entered the hospital. I’m floored by the generosity of both people I know and don’t know. I don’t know why anybody without direct contact with me would give a damn, but I am more grateful than you know. Obviously, I’m still very much far from being out of the woods- along with other issues in my life. I’m already looking forward to a better 2017. Seeking compensation from the accident is not going to be easy or quick, and personal life is no less “complicated” at the moment.

But … thank God there is a “but” at the moment … I hope to be able to announce a very fun and exciting project that I get to be a part of. It’s not a new career (well, we’ll see), and it’s not a huge revenue stream, but it’s something I feel very blessed for (again). I am nothing, if not blessed with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to friends. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days and weeks. This here blog will hopefully become much more active. I created it years ago, but moved to publishing on Tumblr. As I begin yet another “rebirth”, I am planning to post here more often … hopefully recapturing some of the old Masiguy magic. A boy can dream.

I’m already not a fan of 2016, with the exception of the knowledge that I am not alone, no matter how dark things may get or feel. I have many sources of light, and I know I can rely on them to help me get out of the dark. So like the Masiguy days, you can expect to see a broad mix of content here (I hope). Bikes, family, happiness, sadness (probably a lot that for a while), and all of my usual ramblings. I’ll still be using my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr accounts too, so it’s entirely likely that you’ll grow tired of me eventually … most people do … but if not, you’ll hopefully see me somewhere. There’s likely to be periods of time where I go totally silent for a few days or weeks, so just be patient as I get through those times. I hope to keep those events to a minimum, and hope to “keep coming back.”

Thank you for everything- it means everything to me.


PS- the #brokenNOTburied hashtag is a little negative to some (and I get that), but as dark as it might be to some, it represents my hope in rebuilding my life- as well as my body. I have broken bones (among other broken things), but I am not buried- either literally or figuratively. I am alive today, for whatever reason. And I hope to keep it that way.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. John Jackson permalink
    January 23, 2016 3:15 PM

    Keep pluggin away guy. There is another good day out there.



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